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Get wild about wildlife on Brownsea Island

Pupils take a boat trip and complete morning and/or afternoon sessions.

Please contact our group booking team on 01202 492161 or email us to find out more and to book

Story time

This is for our younger visitors who can enjoy one of two different stories. You can use a trail to help local pirate Harry Paye find his treasure. Or why not find out what Sam the squirrel has for his tea? KS1

Outdoor adventure

Brownsea was the site of Baden-Powell’s experimental camp in 1907. We offer you a chance to learn more about the camp and try some of the activities based on the original 1907 experiment that led to the Scout movement.

Observation and tracking

The island becomes a hunting ground during this session. You will come to understand the environment and how to live in it. This task will teach you how to use observation and tracking skills to survive in the wild.

Baden-Powell survival challenge

In this activity you are challenged to follow Baden-Powell’s guidance as you try hut building, and other camp-making activities in the 1908 style. Your pupils will learn about the origins of the scouting movement.

Orienteering on Brownsea

Brownsea is an ideal place to learn about map-reading and compass work and take part in physical activities. We provide different levels of difficulty for different ages, to help pupils learn about the island. KS 1 & 2

Go potty

In Victorian times Brownsea had a thriving pottery industry. You will find out a little bit about how clay was used and then have a chance to make your own piece from quick drying clay. KS 1 & 2 - Art.

Natural art

Collect natural resources and create a work of art. You are challenged to use only string or natural materials when fixing pieces together to create your masterpiece. It's amazing what you can do. KS1 & KS2


Brownsea is an important Nature Reserve with many habitats. You will be introduced to woodland, heathland, and wetland habitats amongst others and learn about their inhabitants. KS1 & KS2

An island home

Come and find out what it is really like to live on an island.  This walk and talk will let you in on some of the secrets of island life and show how it is different from living on the mainland. KS1 - Geography.

All about squirrels

Come and learn about the habitats, features and habits of these rare and special creatures. You will then set off across the island to try and spot them, using some of the clues you have learnt.

Investigating coasts

Our island is suffering from erosion and this will be the main focus. As well as considering different types of erosion and related issues, you will be shown some spectacular examples here on Brownsea. KS1 & KS2